Colyen is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from the personal name
Nicholas. A common diminutive of the name Nicholas was Colin. Saint Collen was a 7th-century monk who gave his name to Llangollen, Denbighshire
which translates from the Welsh
as "church of the hazel-wood."
Early Origins of the Colyen family
The surname Colyen was first found in Shropshire
where they held a family seat
before the Norman Conquest
and were Lords of the manor having large estates in that shire and in neighboring Herefordshire.
Early History of the Colyen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colyen research.Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1576, 1651, 1624, 1711, 1618, 1667, 1623, 1690, 1625, 1683, 1653, 1705, 1172 and are included under the topic Early Colyen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Colyen Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Colyen has undergone many spelling variations
, including Collins, Collin, Collings, Colling, Collis, Caullins, Caulling, Caullings, Caullis, Colins, Colings, Coliss and many more.
Early Notables of the Colyen family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Samuel Collins (1576-1651), an English clergyman and academic, Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge and Provost of King's College, Cambridge; and his son, John Collins (1624-1711), an English academic and politician; Abraham Cowley (1618-1667), an English poet born in the City of London; John Collinges... Another 60 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Colyen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Colyen family to Ireland
Some of the Colyen family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 133 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Colyen family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Colyen were among those contributors: Alary Collin who settled in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1774; George Collin settled in Maryland in 1775; Patrick Collin settled in New Castle County, Del. in 1856.